So my likkle snuggle bunny Pippi's recall has dramatically improved inside the house and around the yard over the last couple of months.
Previously she would look at you to see if she was going to get anything out of it, and if not, she would ignore you and continue doing whatever ratbag thing she was doing.
Anyway, sometimes at night, we take the dogs across the road for a blat at the park.
Barney is allowed off lead once we get there and he goes stampeding off like a race horse but as soon as you say "here" he is right back by your side.
Pippi goes over on her lead and harness. On the end of the lead and harness I attach a rope (need to get a lunge lead or extension or soemthing), a really long one so she can run ahead of us a bit and pretend she has some freedom.
She seems to be following Barneys lead and if she is out at the end of the rope and she hears "here" she comes back right away. I have also noticed, she doesnt even go to the end of the lead/rope and stays pretty close the whole time. I am not sure if this is because she knows she is still attached or because she is just not interested in running off at the park in the dark LOL.
Last night the OH says "Let her off, she wont go anywhere and she will come when we say" and I said no becuase I didnt fancy chasing her down the street if she did bolt and not return.
What should I do??? Do I try it or what? I am thinking it may be best to find somewhere fenced the first few times to see how she goes, but don't really know where soemthing like that is (although there is a fenced vacant yard near here I could "borrow").
I have never had this problem before. All our previous dogs have grown up going to parks and beaches off lead (including Barney) since they were tiny so recall has never really been a problem, so I am not sure when the right time to try her out is. I havent tried her sooner becuase even inside she had been terrible til recently.
But, I feel so mean she cant have the blat off lead that Barney is having becuase he loves it.
Any and all suggestions greatfully received LOL
*god, I wrote a novel!